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New Adult Novel Early Review: Deeper by Robin York

Deeper by Robin York (Caroline & West #1)

Egalley thanks to  Bantam

Synopsis from Goodreads
When Caroline Piasecki’s ex-boyfriend posts their sex pictures on the Internet, it destroys her reputation as a nice college girl. Suddenly her once-promising future doesn’t look so bright. Caroline tries to make the pictures disappear, hoping time will bury her shame. Then a guy she barely knows rises to her defense and punches her ex to the ground.

West Leavitt is the last person Caroline needs in her life. Everyone knows he’s shady. Still, Caroline is drawn to his confidence and swagger—even after promising her dad she’ll keep her distance. On late, sleepless nights, Caroline starts wandering into the bakery where West works.

They hang out, they talk, they listen. Though Caroline and West tell each other they’re “just friends,” their feelings intensify until it becomes impossible to pretend. The more complicated her relationship with West gets, the harder Caroline has to struggle to discover what she wants for herself—and the easier it becomes to find the courage she needs to fight back against the people who would judge her.

When all seems lost, sometimes the only place to go is deeper.

Release date: January 28th 2014.

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What a fantastic read! 

I've been very selective, you can even say "cautious" about New Adult genre, and so far it's paid off. I have been incredibly lucky discovering such authors like Tammara Webber, Jen Frederick, Rebecca Harrington and Lauren Miller.

I think I can safely add Ruthie Knox aka Robin York to this list.

The writing feels very intimate and interchanges between Caroline and West's POVs. Both are wholesome, complex characters with real life issues which doesn't allow for easy solutions.

Caro's sexual pictures have been taken under pressure by her long-term boyfriend, and when she broke up with him he posted them on porn sites with her full name and hometown. This is called revenge porn and is apparently quite a common occurrence which doesn't allow the victims any sort of protection under the current law.

Caro is left dealing with the wreckage of her dreams of future law school and picking up the pieces of her self-esteem while dealing with constant bullying and cyber-bullying.

West is a perceived bad boy in her university with whom she had a semi-friendly relationship up until her turning into a social outcast.

The book starts at the lowest point in her life and through interactions between Caroline and West slowly heals their emotional wounds. 

I loved how real everything felt, the talks, the overnight baking sessions, the uneasy emotional pull and push and even extremely hot sex. Add to it West's family situation with absolutely no easy way to shed his problems, and Caroline's fight to reclaim her identity, finish it off with heart-wrenching ending, and you have one powerful read.

Deeper left me almost in tears and with a heavy heart, but I think this was how it supposed to end. It was exactly right. Highly recommended.

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Мне в последний год ужасно везёт с жанром нью адалт, вот убей не знаю почему, но в свою копилку замечтальных авторов я добавила Таммару Уэббер, Ребекку Харрингтон, Джен Фредерик, Лорен Миллер, а теперь и Руфи Нокс ака Робин Йорк.

 Каролина и Уэст оказались яркими, красноречивыми и чистосердечными характерами, чьи повествования так и лезли к читателю в душу.

Каро - студентка в университете, сексуальные фотографии которой взял под давлением её парень, а когда она прервала с ним отношения, он выложил их на порно-сайты вместе с её именем и городом, где она родилась и выросла. 

Оказывается, такая практика называется "реванш порн", и её жертвам в настоящем законоправии нет никакой возможности помочь. Мстительность одного парня ломает мечту Каролины о юридической школе и подвергает её эмоциональным каждодневным издевательствам как в живую так и в кибер-пространстве. Каро скатывается в паранойю, заниженную самооценку и панические атаки, и только её полудружеские отношения с Уэстом, который пользуется плохой репутацией в университете, постепенно помогают ей восстановить душевное равновесие и вылезти из своей скорлупы.

Прекрасные главные герои и ситуации без лёгких решений и типичных хэппи-эндов. Концовка, оставляет чуть ли не в слезах и с тяжёлым сердцем, однако концовка эта очень правильная. Буду ждать продолжения и очень эту книгу рекомендую.
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